Senior Manager, Standards & Certification

GoodWeave International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 20

Position description

GoodWeave -- a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi – is the leading global institution with a mission to end child labor, and forced and bonded labor, in global supply chains. GoodWeave has been pioneering and innovating for almost 25 years, primarily in the carpet sector, a market-based certification system that is transferrable to other sectors based on authenticity, proximity, and transparency to someday realize its vision of a world free of child labor. The GoodWeave System is based harnessing power of the market, cleaning up supply chains, creating educational opportunities for children, and improving working conditions. GoodWeave drives impact by bringing visibility to global supply chains, giving voice to informal and marginalized workers, providing assurance that certified products are free of child labor, and restoring childhood to vulnerable children so they can laugh, learn, and play. 

Having proven our model and built partnerships with some of the world’s leading brands, such as Target, Macy’s, and Restoration Hardware, GoodWeave is now expanding on the ground and into new product markets. We are adapting our market-driven model to other sectors including apparel, home textiles, fashion jewelry, and tea and we are also helping to create a “better brick” industry in Nepal. GoodWeave is an award-winning social entrepreneurial organization that is on the frontlines of the movement to end modern slavery. This is a key leadership position within GoodWeave and a tremendous opportunity to build on a current position of organizational leadership by ensuring GoodWeave remains at the cutting edge of standards, certification, and remediation of child, forced, and bonded labor.

Position Description: 

The Senior Manager is part of the Program Team at GoodWeave’s international secretariat that leads overall program strategy together with the three country teams in India, Nepal and Afghanistan. This position will provide technical leadership and manage the team carrying out standards and certification system functions for the organization’s multi-country network to ensure supply chains are free from child labor and forced labor. The portfolio includes overseeing staff based in the US and South Asia and providing cross-functional technical leadership to field programs who implement inspection programs.

The Senior Manager reports to the Chief Program Officer. The position is based in Washington, D.C., with regular travel to South Asia. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, well-organized, and adept at building relationships inside and outside the organization. S/he will have technical expertise in international labor standards, child protection, and international development or supply chain programming as well as relevant technical proposal development experience. S/he will possess a commitment to GoodWeave’s values and work ethic.


The Senior Manger’s portfolio is responsible for strategy, planning, development, maintenance and improvement of all certification systems, including standards, policies, procedures, guidelines, etc. for all product lines and supply chains.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1.    Oversee and supervise the work of the Certification Division and operational/technical staff or consultants to ensure the timely development and maintenance of standards, policies, procedures, guidelines, and training, etc., including all related certification standard system functions and inspections and monitoring programs in exporting countries;

2.    Ensure programming that supports GoodWeave licensed producers advances their performance to assure full compliance with GoodWeave certification criteria;

3.    Create and manage relevant program and project work plans and budgets;

4.    Collaboratively develop and implement internal quality management systems across all country programs, including inspection and auditing activities, management of licensee/producer corrective actions, enforcement actions and the overall certification methodology;

5.    Analyze team performance and impact data and ensure it leads to functional learning to improve Certification System practices and policies, as needed;

6.    Develop, oversee, and facilitate the work of international committees, including the Certification Committee, Standards Committee and Advisory committees (child protection, labor rights);

7.    Maintain and strengthen external stakeholder relations, collaboration and partnerships with donors, civil society, and international standards organizations (e.g. through forums such as ISEAL Alliance);

8.    Ensure alignment of GoodWeave’s standards and certification operations with international best practices, including compliance with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code, the ISEAL Assurance Code, and the ISEAL Impacts Code, and compliance with ISO 17065;

9.    Support planning and development of donor funding proposals and reporting with inputs related to standards and certification;

10. Engage and collaborate within the Program Team and among other organization teams including fundraising, business development, finance, and communications;


The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least seven years of progressive responsibility in technical leadership and management roles, related to child, forced, or bonded labor rights as well as supply chain standards and certification;
  • Existing networks among other standards, inspection, and certification organizations, and ISEAL and ISO certification;
  • Strong teamwork experience and skills, including working with international teams;
  • Experience leading teams, through strategy, design, implementation and evaluation;
  • Understanding of project management tools, including theory of change and results frameworks;
  • Experience with donor cultivation and proposal development;
  • Capacity to express ideas clearly in writing, excellent interpersonal, presentation, and organizational skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Native level English language; other language ability an asset.
  • Ability and willingness to travel about a quarter of the time in South Asia;
  • Knowledge of the South Asian region a plus.

Conditions of Employment: GoodWeave is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Employment is contingent on the results of a background investigation and positive references.

GoodWeave offers a health care and dental plan, with employee premium covered 100%, and a flexible spending plan. Additional benefits include an employer matched simple 401K retirement plan. Paid time off is provided in for with vacation time, sick leave and nine paid holidays per year. 

Application instructions

To apply, please email resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how your skills and experience are suitable:

Chief Financial Officer

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GoodWeave International

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